Scripting a Windows 2008 Cluster from Windows 2003


Our current environment is all Windows 2003. When we migrate a new version of our service to the cluster, we first stop the service with a command like:

cluster.exe <clusterName> resource "<serviceName>" /offline

We do similarly after the migrate to bring the service back online.

Now, we are upgrading our environment to new Windows 2008 servers. However, our build/migrate machine will remain Windows 2003. When issuing the same command from Windwos 2003 to Windows 2008, we get:

System error 1722 has occurred (0x000006ba).
The RPC server is unavailable.

We need to be able to remotely administer a Windows 2008 cluster from a Windows 2003 server in an automated fashion (such as the command-line cluster.exe utility). Is this possible?


Best Answer

You can't. The cluster.exe command from Windows Server 2003 is just not compatible with Windows Server 2008 failover clustering, neither is the Cluster Administrator MMC.

I was actually testing this in an Exchange 2010 lab just a couple of hours ago... and I have absolutely NO firewall there (first thing I disable when testing something).

No cluster management from 2003 to 2008, sorry.

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